Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
At first glance the student and teacher’s manual provided both look very impressive and well put together. The student’s manual acts as a workbook. It is colorful and attractive, but with its themed purple and green color scheme it isn’t distracting. The teacher’s manual comes with its own three-holed binder and all pages are in black and white. It’s very well laid out and easy to navigate.
The Details of Building Life Castles:
A variation of suggested weekly schedules are provided, so there is flexibility with this product. However, it is expected that one lesson will be completed each week. The curriculum covers a total of 35 lessons:
- 1-13: The life and ministry of Jesus Christ
- 14-17: The work of the Holy Spirit in believers
- 18-28: Explanations and examples of godly character from both the Old and New Testaments
- 29-35: The life and ministry of the Apostle Paul.
Each lesson outlined in the teacher’s manual comprises:
- Content Objectives
- Learning Objectives
- Session Notes that support the weekly lesson, which is divided into three sessions.
- A character trait activity
- Images of the student manual containing the correct answers.
I should mention that the ‘character trait activities’ are not outlined in the student’s manual. However these, if you choose to do them, are a way for you to cover more detail and encourage positive traits with your child, such as:
- Unity, faithfulness, maturity, trust, honesty, loyalty, compassion, faith, humility, attentiveness, love, gratitude, hope, encouragement, kindness, joy, self-control & discipline, perseverance, devotion, responsibility, mercy, courage, obedience, patience, forgiveness, wisdom, courage, fairness, diligence, confidence and generosity.
Each lesson includes a scripture to memorize, which also isn’t mentioned in the student manual. So, if you choose to do this with your child, by the end of the curriculum they should be able to recite the following:
- John 1:1-14
- John 14:15-17
- II Peter 1:5-8
- Psalm 1:1-6
- Titus 3:3-8
There is also a quiz provided for each lesson to reinforce what has been covered.
Unfortunately, going back to the Bible, I personally believe several of the scriptures they use for their foundational doctrine have been mistranslated, and therefore it’s a curriculum I’m not happy letting my children use it without me. They are too young to fully understand that a scripture they have been directed to may have been taken out of context. Or, how different Bible translations are used to support specific church doctrines, rather than taking and using more accurate translations.
Except for a couple of key differences of doctrine to my Christian beliefs, the rest of the curriculum contained some excellent content. The lessons we completed led to some very profitable conversations with my daughter. And it has encouraged her to explore scripture further.
As my children get older, I will probably use the sections we skipped as a tool, along with additional scriptures, so they too can determine how scripture is commonly mistranslated and misunderstood.
Quality Biblical Education
As mentioned, there is plenty of quality Biblical education in this curriculum geared toward those in 4th Grade. However, due to my personal beliefs and understanding of scripture and the way certain doctrines are enforced, I personally cannot recommend this curriculum. But doctrine conflicts set aside, I’m very impressed with how each lesson encourages the child to refer to scripture, develop godly character and connect it all with real life.
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